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April 9, 2013
The Humane Society of Washington County will participate in the Community Foundation's inaugural 24-hour Web-based giving promotion called Day of Giving on Thursday, May 2, from 12:01 a.m. to 12:59 p.m.  Donations will be taken online throughout the day on a specially designed website. For more information, call 301-733-2060 or go to   
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | November 14, 2012
Paul Miller is no longer the executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, according to Katherine Cooker, a spokeswoman for the agency. Cooker said Wednesday morning that Miller left the position on Tuesday. Shannon Cianelli, the president of the agency's board of directors, gave a prepared statement on Wednesday: “Paul Miller is no longer serving as the executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County. We thank him for his years of service to the society and on behalf of the animals and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
November 10, 2012
  The Humane Society of Washington County continues to experience shortages of supplies due to the continued large intake of kittens, puppies, cats and dogs.  It is asking the public for its assistance. The shelter is asking for donations of the following food items: cheese in the spray cans, canned chicken, Vienna sausages and peanut butter. The shelter also needs toys for dogs and cats, but especially dogs. Interactive toys for the dogs such as Kongs, stuffable toys, puzzle-type toys, etc., would be greatly appreciated.
February 14, 2013
The Humane Society of Washington County introduced a new executive director last week and, in so doing, acknowledged that the agency might be in need of some new directions. Michael Lausen, former operations manager of the Humane Society of El Paso, Texas, will replace Paul Miller, who departed in November for unexplained reasons. Two of Lausen's stated priorities involve policies that many in the community believed received short shrift under Miller's leadership: animal placement and financial transparency.
August 30, 2012
Hannah Chaney of Hagerstown asked for donations for the Humane Society of Washington County for her 10th birthday instead of gifts for herself, and collected several animal-related items. Her family recently took the donations to the Humane Society. Hannah is in the magnet program at Fountaindale Elementary School.
September 4, 2010
Allstate agent Terry Fincham recently donated $1,000 to the Humane Society of Washington County. Fincham received the money after being named a finalist for Allstate's Ray Lynch Community Service Award, which recognizes Allstate agency owners dedicated to making positive contributions to the communities they serve.
June 3, 2012
For the second year in a row, the Washington County branches of Susquehanna held a three-week pet supply fund drive for the Humane Society of Washington County. On May 7, branch managers and representatives presented the donation to Katherine Cooker, manager of development and community relations for the humane society, and Ben Cross, events coordinator. Participating branches were Boonsboro, Dual Highway/Hagerstown Financial Center, Paramount, Eastern Boulevard, Fountain Head, Salem Avenue, Halfway, Frederick Street and Valley Mall.
April 12, 2012
On March 24, Gordon's Grocery held a wine tasting to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. The event raised cash donations totaling more than $350. Food, litter, toys and blankets also were collected. Gordon's Grocery is at 101 Cypress St. in Hagerstown. The event was hosted by John Gordon and his sister, Cynthia Millsap, in collaboration with Shawn Clopper of Monumental Fine Wines.  “We love being in a position to help the Humane Society of Washington County,” Gordon said.
By HEATHER KEELS | | October 29, 2011
The Humane Society of Washington County seized two horses Friday from a farm at 8428 Sharpsburg Pike near Hagerstown, Humane Society spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said. The horses were taken because of failure to provide proper veterinary care, Cooker said. They are owned by Jim Burns of 326 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown, she said. They were taken to Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon, Md., Cooker said. "They are up, but the fact that we took them means they're not great," she said of their condition Friday.
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